Highlights in the study of exoplanet atmospheres

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Abstract

Exoplanets are now being discovered in profusion. To understand their character, however, we require spectral models and data. These elements of remote sensing can yield temperatures, compositions and even weather patterns, but only if significant improvements in both the parameter retrieval process and measurements are made. Despite heroic efforts to garner constraining data on exoplanet atmospheres and dynamics, reliable interpretation has frequently lagged behind ambition. I summarize the most productive, and at times novel, methods used to probe exoplanet atmospheres; highlight some of the most interesting results obtained; and suggest various broad theoretical topics in which further work could pay significant dividends.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)345-352
Number of pages8
JournalNature
Volume513
Issue number7518
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 18 2014

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